Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson admitted that his comical appearance in the 2009 comedy The Hangover was to fund his drug habit.
The Brooklyn native revealed the news in his recent frank interview on ESPN’s radio in Las Vegas. The role called for Tyson to play himself and sing Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight” before punching one of the characters. The cameo was prominently used in the film’s advertising, and Tyson explain his main rationale for accepting with to fuel his cocaine habit.
“I was doing that to supply my drug habit,” he detailed. “I said, ‘wow, This is going to be really good. We’re going to sell this stuff on 42nd Street on bootleg and make a lot of money.’ This is my best thinking on drugs… It wasn’t that way. It was an international success.”
To date the film has grossed $467.4 worldwide.
Regarding his drug addiction, Tyson maintains he has been sober since the tragic, accidental home death of his four-year old daughter Exodus last year. The child died from suffocation after getting tangled up in a treadmill. Since then, Tyson has steered clear of alcohol, drugs and adhered to a strict vegan die. The regimen has marked a striking contrast in appearance as Tyson has shed much of the excess weight that made his balloon to well over 300 pounds.
“I gave up basically everything,” he said. “I didn’t have a problem with drugs or nothing, I had a problem with thinking … My thinking was broken. That was the solution to my broken thinking, using drugs and living crazy.”
At press time, Mike Tyson’s next film role will be a bird racing series for Animal Planet called Take On Tyson, which is set to air next year.
On Sunday (August 1), he had a cameo appearance on HBO’s hit series Entourage.